Thoughts and Actions in the Real World

A French author called Georges Bernanos wrote:“A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all.”

That’s certainly a mouthful!

This is not just a philosophical statement, it’s a very practical teaching that can be used in your everyday life for a life filled with inner power.

Sp what does it mean in practical terms?

Let’s split it by parts. The first part says:

“A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much”

This is for you IF you tend to get lost in your own thoughts, ideas and feelings without any concrete actions and externalizations in your own day to day life.

Many of your thoughts may be indeed like this. They can be regrets from the past or anxieties about the future. They can be ruminations about any particular topic of feeling. They can be illusions. Our mind is the most powerful trickster. That’s why we must keep it in a tight leach.

Getting lost in your own thoughts, feelings and ideas without concrete external actions, it’s nothing more than illusions. To make sure it all means something, demand concrete proof from it. Demand external manifestations and actions.

Be it from your project ideas, love scenarios or spiritual pursuits….

The second part of the quote says:

“an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all”

This is for you if most of your actions tend to unconscious, meaning, you aren’t really awake and aware that you are doing them. This is more common than you may think at first glance, so don’t dismiss it as something you never do.

Just look around you when you take the train, or are stuck in traffic, how many of those people are truly awake? Or in your work, how many of your coworkers are merely doing automatic things?

And I don’t mean with their eyes open, I mean with an expression of LIFE and VITALITY in their eyes.

This includes not only things you DO but also the things you SAY.

How often do we use the same expressions or merely say what’s convenient at that time to avoid thinking about a particular conversation?

How often do we have the same reactions to the same stimulus?

“I always get mad when someone talks about politics”

Great! So now I know how to push your buttons! Good for me! 🙂

How much of your life is stuck in these patterned and automatic reactions?

To really analyze both of these statements and how do they apply to your life, observe your mind for a few weeks just asking yourself these two questions:

Each time you catch yourself thinking or drowsing away maybe in a train ride or a waiting time for the doctor, ask yourself:

“How much of my thoughts are followed by actual external actions?”

And each time you take some concrete actions in your daily life (small or bit), or even during an actual conversation with someone else, ask yourself:

“How many of my actions are preceded by thoughts?”

If you actually do this exercise right, you’ll be surprised by how much your mind is truly in control of yourself; you may be guilty of only one of those statements or, more often than not, both!

You can work in depth on your own Inner Power using the 10 Steps to Inner Power training course.

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